Okay, so today, in efforts to bring back bookish memes to Book Freak Revelations, I’m listing down the top ten books that I’m looking forward to in (the second half of) 2018, hence the remix. Just like every year, the Fall season’s coming back with yet another amazingly enthralling line-up of diverse titles and I, as your typical YA-obsessed reader/ reviewer, am here for ALL. OF. IT. Let’s get this post started, shall we?
#10 – The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke // Pitched as a gender-bent retelling of Beowulf, The Boneless Mercies definitely sounds like a book that’s filled with diversity, dauntlessness, and feminism featuring an all-female group cast in search for glory. Also, it’s a standalone? I am sold! (To be published on October 2nd 2018 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.)
#9 – The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes // The second book to be published under the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, The Storm Runner is yet another middle grade book to look out for. It puts a spotlight on Mayan mythology, featuring a diverse cast as well as representation for the disabled since it has a main character with only one good leg. (To be published on September 18th 2018 by Rick Riordan Presents.)
#8 – Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman // I’m not even gonna lie about this one. The first time I’ve heard of this was only during Book Expo 2018. A lot of the people I follow, my friends Alex and Joey included, kept on hyping up this book everywhere. It’s pitched as a dystopian, post-apocalyptic story about a time when water happens to become scarce and it literally dries out. See, unlike the rest of the reading universe, I have never read a book by Neal or Jarrod Shusterman before and I’m hoping that this could hopefully introduce me to them and their writing style. (To be published on October 2nd 2018 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.)
#7 – Wildcard by Marie Lu // If you’ve read Warcross already then you’d know how much I want to get my hands on this sequel and start reading it immediately, especially after that cliffhanger ending! Of course, I am hoping for this to be just as gripping, and action-packed as the first book in the series, if not more. (To be published on September 18th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers.)
#6 – Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich // Not a lot of people know this but I’m a huge sucker for Broadway plays and my friend Inah got me to listen to (and get obsessed with) Dear Evan Hansen before I start reading another title I’m excited for and so this book obviously had to make it to this list. (To be published on October 9th 2018 by Poppy.)
#5 – Fresh Ink: An Anthology edited by Lamar Giles // Go ahead and guess as to why I’m excited for the release of this one. I mainly have two reasons. #1, you guys know how much I love collecting anthologies, and the idea for this widely diverse title is all about breaking out of your box, bending the rules, and coloring outside the lines. And #2, Nicola Yoon’s a contributor. Need I say more? (To be published on August 14th 2018 by Crown Books for Young Readers.)
#4 – Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love edited by Heather Demetrios // Following up to what I said above, this one’s also an anthology, filled with letters and essays, I believe, that tackle heartbreak in all it’s forms. Contemporary queens such as Becky Albertalli, Sandhya Menon, Gayle Forman, and a lot of other powerhouse authors contributed to this and so I cannot wait to see this out in the world. (To be published on December 18th 2018 by Henry Holt & Company.)
#3 – This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender // The first time I heard of this M/M YA novel that’s pitched as Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Boy Meets Boy was when Epic Reads posted their awesome 2018 line-up of awesome cover reveals. Upon reading the synopsis, I was instantly hooked and I’ve been searching for a way to try to read this in advance and promote it online.
#2 – Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas // This one’s so easy. For years, SJM has been a favorite author of mine, (come on, don’t give me hate for loving her stories, whether they feature diverse characters or not) and we can’t deny that she has a talent for telling alluring stories. And I think it goes without saying that I loved the previous Wonder Woman and Batman Icons books, so I’m just as excited for this as I was for the ones that are now published. (To be published on August 7th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers.)
#1 – What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli // I believe this one goes without saying at this point. I think basically everyone knows how much I love this author duo and I will literally read anything that they’ll write. Becky has written books that have brought me happiness countless of times and Adam literally writes stories that make me feel the opposite of that I love them both for it. So obviously, I’ll be counting down the days ’til I meet Ben and Arthur. (To be published on October 9th 2018 by HarperTeen / Balzer + Bray.)
What book(s) are you most excited to get your hands on for the second half of 2018? Let me know via the comment section down below!
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